3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 27, 2021 10:43 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking history of the 12th Engineer Battalion

    Thomas Kopec Newbie

      I Believe my dad was assigned to the 12th Engineer Battalion during WWII. His name is Bruno Kopec - Serial No. 32165105. I have some information about unit prior to "D" Day, but nothing afterwards.  Would like to know the unit history?

        • Re: Seeking history of the 12th Engineer Battalion
          Rachael Salyer Pioneer

          Dear Mr. Kopec,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the file 12th Engineer Combat Battalion 1945 in the series Organizational Unit Records, 1943-1947 in the Records of Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, United States Army (World War II) (Record Group 498) that might be of interest to you. We also located the series World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1985 (Record Group 407) that may include records of the 12th Engineer Battalion during WWII. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

           

          In addition, we searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the World War II Army Enlistment Records database that includes 1 file for Kopec, Bruno F. You may use the information in this file when requesting a copy of your father’s Official Military Personnel File (OMPF), if you have not done so already. OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.

           

          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. Also, NPRC will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter, and those involving the VA Home Loan program. If your request is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines. Please refrain from submitting non-emergency requests such as replacement medals, administrative corrections, or records research until NPRC returns to pre-COVID staffing levels.  Please check archives.gov/veterans for updates to the NPRC operating hours and status. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

           

          Finally, the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013, has a large collection of published unit histories. You may wish to contact them and the US Army Center of Military History to see if they can offer you any additional assistance.

           

          We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!